A Hindoo Temple, near the Railway Station at Bycullah [Bombay].
Photographer: Scott, Charles
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph from 'Views in the island of Bombay' by Charles Scott,1850s. This is a general view of a view of a temple, with tower swathed in wooden scaffolding, near the railway station at Byculla.
The busy port and industrial hub of Bombay is the capital of Maharashtra. During British rule, it was the administrative capital of the Bombay Presidency. Extending over a peninsula into the Arabian Sea on the west coast of India, Bombay prospered with maritime trade and became the chief commercial centre of the Arabian Sea. Originally a collection of fishing villages of the Koli community built on seven islands,
Bombay by the 14th century was controlled by the Gujarat Sultanate who ceded it to the Portuguese in the 16th century. In 1661 it was part of the dowry brought to Charles II of England when he married the Portuguese princess Catherine of Braganza. In the 19th century, with their empire in India established, the British built grand buildings as outward manifestations of their power and legitimacy as rulers. Bombay boasts numerous examples of colonial architecture.